Mark Rowland could not find a tomato variety he really enjoyed so set about breeding his own concentrating entirely on flavour. The end result was so successful they were persuaded to market it, setting up Gourmet Genetics in 2011. They have gone on to develop other varieties of tomato and now also breed chillies and pepper as he told Ken Crowther.

In the polytunnel at Fothergill’s seeds more than 150 different varieties of tomatoes are being grown. Whilst the older varieties still prove popular, the newer ones are more disease resistant as Technical manager Tracy Collacott from Mr Fothergill’s seeds explained to Ken Crowther.